About the state
U.S. House Delegation
Maryland has long been a blue state, with Democrats dominating federal races for multiple decades. But with a new redistricting plan in effect for 2022, Democrats face a new, must-win competitive race in MD-01 in order to help retain the House majority.
Our primary objective in Maryland is to win the state's competitive congressional election in MD-06.
What's at stake
Air quality. Maryland’s air quality is improving. Due to its industrial history of coal-fired power plants, Maryland has struggled with poor air quality for many years. However, as of 2020, the state is on track to reach federal air quality standards for the first time in 30 years. Tight restrictions on emissions have helped Maryland gradually improve air quality, which will help improve public health overall.
Pollution. The Chesapeake Bay is polluted with “forever chemicals.” Near military bases and factories close to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, ecologists have found wildlife contaminated by pollutants, as well as water containing chemicals that do not naturally break down in the environment. The Maryland state legislature, as well as the federal government, is considering further regulations of these harmful chemicals in drinking water.
Education. Maryland schools face overcrowding. A commission on public school construction was formed in 2018 out of a previous public works committee that addressed school construction. Part of the commission’s work prioritizes funding for new school construction for schools suffering the most overcrowding. The Built to Learn Act, passed in 2020, mandates an expansion of the qualifying criteria for school construction in 2026.
What's at stake facts updated January, 2024